Gorm P. Emberland, an information technology specialist who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service for about three decades, died July 3 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He was 54.

The cause was complications from chronic liver disease, said his daughter, Annie Emberland. Mr. Emberland lived in Tracys Landing.

Mr. Emberland was a key software developer of the Germplasm Resources Information Network and other tools used by the National Plant Germplasm System to maintain genetic diversity among plants.

Gorm Petter Emberland was born in Bergen, Norway. He came to the United States as a child, attended high school in Salisbury, Md., and settled in the Washington area in 1977.

He became a U.S. citizen while studying at the University of Maryland, where he received a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in computer since in 1986.

In addition to his government career, he worked for a time in the private sector for computer companies. He volunteered with the Calvert Animal Welfare League.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Joan Judge Emberland of Tracys Landing; two children, Annie Emberland of Silver Spring and Colin Emberland of Takoma Park; and a brother.

— Emily Langer